The Portrait Window (with notes)

The Portrait Window (with notes)
Church advertising
Image by Niall McAuley
St. Peter and Paul’s church, Athlone, completed in 1937. Designed by Richard King, of Harry Clarke Studios, Dublin after Harry Clarke’s death.

A darker exposure

Some of the notes here refer to Church of Saints Peter and Paul Athlone: An Illustrated History and Guide by Patrick Murray.

This mad window is in the Boy’s Sacristy, and has a Nativity "angels and shepherds" theme, with the twist that the faces shown are those of people associated with the building of the church. The men are identified by Murray as:

Dean Crowe, parish priest, as a shepherd, seated on the left.

The other three principal figures are:

James J. Flynn, builder,
Thomas Crowe, Sacristan,
Bart J. Faherty, Clerk of Works

Two small portraits in the margins are of Orlando Dinelli marble supplier, and John Ryan, plastering contractor.

Murray reports that Ralph Byrne, the architect, declined to be included, as that might be construed as advertising, which architects did not do at the time.

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